In my quest to move towards healthy and nutritious food, I wanted to get rid of store-bought sugar laden granolas and find a suitable substitute which can be made at home.
I went around the web world and came across a plethora of recipes. Most of them have these basic ingredients:
- Rolled Oats – as the base
- Dried fruits
- A sweetener – honey or maple syrup
- Oil or butter
- Spices (optional)
You can play around with these ingredients, but I found that ratio of dried ingredients vs wet ingredients is important because you want nicely toasted granola which does not stick and lump together. It must be free flowing!
- 5 cups of rolled oats
- ½ cup of mixed nuts – I used cashews, pistachios and pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ cup dried fruits – I used raisins, dates and figs
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp chocolate chips (On special request from my little one!)
- Melt butter in the microwave. Mix it with the honey.
- Measure the rolled oats and nuts into a bowl.
- Add cinnamon and butter–honey mix and nicely mix it all together. I like to gently massage it with my hands as well to ensure its evenly coated.
- Spread it around in a lined baking tray and pop it in the oven for about 25-30 mins at 180 degrees. At about 15 mins I took it out of the oven and gave it a light stir. Keep a close eye on it after 20 mins since granola browns more quickly when made with honey. The granola will crisp up as it cools.
- Let it cool completely before stirring in dried fruits and chocolate chips.
- Singapore is humid so store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.